France Prime Minister Jean Castex has said the 11 pm curfew will end on Sunday, 10 days earlier than planned, while wearing masks will no longer be necessary outdoors from Thursday – except for open markets or stadiums – but will remain mandatory indoors.
“The improvement of the sanitary situation was quicker than we hoped for”, said Castex on Wednesday (16 June).
France is currently recording fewer than 5,000 new coronavirus cases per day, compared to the daily 85,000 cases in April, and fewer than 2,000 persons are in intensive care.
The government puts the improving situation down to its vaccination campaign and has said that 30 million people in France will have received their first jab by 30 June.
However, despite the promising results, Castex warned the public to “stay on track” and keep behaving in a responsible way.
Limits on the maximum number of people that may attend public events remain in place, and border controls in airports will be increased, the government said.